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Posted Wednesday, January 05, 2011 by website admin

L-S boys basketball sputters along

By Alex Greenberg/Sports Correspondent
Posted Jan 05, 2011 @ 12:05 AM

The Lincoln-Sudbury boys basketball Warriors are definitely afraid of ghosts. The Warriors have lost to the Westford Academy Grey Ghosts twice in what was a mediocre two weeks for L-S.
In their first matchup against the Ghosts, L-S was winning by nine points at halftime. Unfortunately the Warriors could not seem to hold on to a lead. L-S was outscored 20-6 in the fourth quarter, leading to their first loss of the season.
After the game coach Patrick Callahan was not pleased with his team's efforts. ``We were not ready to play mentally,'' he said. ``We lost the 50/50 battles when it came to rebounding and hustling for loose balls.''
It was a team effort in the fourth quarter to lose the game. The Warriors' offense was stifled by the Westford defense, only scoring six points in the game's most important quarter.
The L-S defense fell apart by giving the Ghosts open shots. On the rare occasion that a Westford player missed, the Warriors failed on boxing out on the defense boards. All of this led to a flustered Warriors team that gave up 20 points in the game's final quarter.
``We gave up the lead,'' Callahan said. ``Westford is a good team and I give them credit, but there is no denying that tonight we were not ready to play.''
L-S then took part in the Lowell Spinners Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament. After a convincing win over Chelmsford 62-43, the Warriors met the Grey Ghosts in the semifinals.
In what turned out to be a frustrating game, senior John Swords was a bright spot. Swords scored 27 points but it was not enough for the Warriors to overcome Westford Academy, 66-53.
Sophomore Ben Lawhorn had some reasoning for why the rest of the Warriors offense had struggled against Westford.
``Although John is a dominant force we need other people off the bench to step up and contribute,'' Lawhorn said. ``We need players other than the starters to go off and have big games to lessen the scoring load off of our captains, who are our main source of offense. Many teams come into games focusing on shutting down Mitch (Perez) and John (Swords). If we work the ball into John (Swords) and then back out, it will give our shooters some open looks.''
However, it was not a horrible few weeks for the Warriors. After losing to Westford for the second time, they had another convincing win, this time 76-46 over Dracut in the consolation game. Swords put up 22 points in the game against Dracut while Perez helped out with his own 14 points.
In the end, the Warriors did not win the tournament, but they had some convincing wins and performances. Swords continued to put up numbers while proving that he can be unstoppable down low.
The Warriors look to move on from a crazy few weeks to their normal schedule. They play Newton South this Tuesday and Concord-Carlisle on Friday.
One date that is circled on Lincoln-Sudbury's calendar; February 1, when Westford Academy comes to L-S where the Warriors hope they will finally overcome the Grey Ghosts.

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